Michele Robinson Appointed Director of the Office of Information Security

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced his appointment of Michele Robinson as Director of the Office of Information Security (OIS) at the California Technology Agency today. This position does not require Senate confirmation.

“We are very pleased with the Governor’s selection of Michele Robinson to lead OIS”, said Technology Agency Secretary Carlos Ramos.  “Throughout her career, she has taken a pro-active approach to keep California’s information assets safe and built alliances to strengthen its cyber security defense.  Her extensive expertise in threat intelligence, compliance policies and incident response will serve California well.”

Robinson joined OIS in 2007 and assumed the position of Acting Director in February 2013, where she has served the liaison to federal, State and local government on cyber security policies and issues.  From 2010 to 2013, she served as Deputy Chief Information Security Officer and was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of OIS and the statewide information security program, including enterprise policy development, enterprise disaster recovery planning and enterprise incident management and compliance. From 2007 to 2010, Robinson served as Assistant Chief Information Security Officer and managed the statewide enterprise incident management program and developed several significant policy initiatives. 

Prior to joining OIS, Robinson served as the Chief Information Security Officer and Privacy Officer for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB).  In this dual role, she was responsible for oversight of the Board’s compliance with privacy and information security laws, policies and procedures, as well as the implementation of its Risk Management and Information Security Awareness programs. 

Robinson earned a bachelor of science degree in information systems from the University of San Francisco.  She also earned several professional credentials including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Management (CISM), Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), and (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Information Technology (CIPP/IT).

The Office of Information Security (OIS) is the primary State government authority responsible for ensuring the protection of State information, as well as the confidentiality, integrity and availability of State systems and applications. OIS represents the State to federal, state, and local government entities, higher education, private industry and others on security-related matters.